The Northern School A Reappraisal by Martin Regan
Book: 9 x 6.75 inches (23 x 17 cms)
Published by Gateway Gallery. Illustrated 203 page soft back book.
The description of the book on the back cover describes the content as follows:
"Martin Regan is an author, businessman, former national newspaper journalist, art collector and gallery owner. He has specialised in Northern School Art for almost two decades and is regarded as one of the leading authorities in this area."
Front Cover: Helen Calpcott. 'Crowther Street, Rebuild', 38x21cm, egg tempera on gesso panel.
"The Northern School, a regional art movement that has become one of the most successful in the UK, was founded in maelstrom of the collapse of Lancashire's heavy industries and two World Wars. It is a schol that began around the turn of the 20th century and ended in the 1990s whne the industrial backdrop which formed the bulk of its main subject matter had vanished, but its influence remains today with a handful of exciting younger painters.
The movement was about more than preserving a lost landscape, it was an artistic celebration of a people facing and adapting to the consequences of irresverible global change. the Northern School: A Reappraisal is the first book to show how the school was inter-connected with the main movements in Modern British and European Art and examines the work of its greatest pupils in this context.
It was a school the mourned the past and yet looked to the future, tentative but confident and willing to use the tools supplied by artists such as Edgar Degas, Walter Sickert and L.S. Lowry."
It also includes North Staffordshire artists Arthur Berry, Jack Simcock and Maurice Wade and has a mention of Potteries born new wave of artists Ian Mood and Rob Pointon.
This book can be purchased directly from the gallery. Postage is £5.00